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JAC truck raises standard as industry quality dips

Chinese truck manufacturer, JAC Motors, has said it is not resting on its oars to improve the quality of its truck models as it competes…

Chinese truck manufacturer, JAC Motors, has said it is not resting on its oars to improve the quality of its truck models as it competes favourably with popular European brands.

Group Executive Director of Lanre Shittu Motors, Taiwo Shittu, said the Chinese trucks manufacturer is rather improving quality at a time some automakers were lowering the quality of their models owing to the rising cost of trucks.

Taiwo Shittu spoke in Lagos after his company won two major awards, Truck Company of the Year and Truck Plant of the Year, at the Nigeria Auto Journalists Awards.

He warned truck buyers in Nigeria to beware of the quality and the support being offered to avert frequent breakdowns of the vehicles.

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He particularly noted that the drop in truck quality could be found in areas such as the axle, transmission system, frame, cab, and chassis.

“Instead of increasing the quality of their trucks, many are reducing it so as to maintain low cost. For instance, some have reduced their axle from 16 tons to 12; from double frame to single, and from the 12-speed transmission to 10,” he said.

He however said the JAC brand of trucks has maintained high quality and could compare well in many areas with those from popular European manufacturers.

JAC Trucks has been embraced and accepted by the big players in the industry across the southern and northern parts of the country.

“Those who use the JAC trucks can tell the difference. We have an excellent after-sales service that reduces downtime.

“JAC trucks come with air conditioner; the seats have air suspension; the power steering is Bosch, giving you a good cruise/ride and allowing the driver to be comfortable after driving for a long time,” he said.

According to Taiwo Shittu, the quality of after-sale support offered by an auto company will largely determine how long its vehicles will stay active on the road.

He said, “A brand can be good but without good after-sales support, the brand will pack up in no time.

“There are many “Briefcase” businessmen coming into Nigeria today without an office looking for who to sell trucks to knowing full well that the trucks are not built for the Nigerian market. They sell and leave one with problems and without any support.

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